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. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
. and in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the next cia director, and was there to say goodbye and thanks. >> and america can never thank you enough. >> reporter: america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> there's another celebration today at the white house. it's malia's birthday. she turned 13. >> she will celebrate tonight with hundreds of troops and their families as they attend a special barbecue and a u.s. concert on the south lawn. malia's younger sister, sasha, turned 10, last month. >>> vice president joe biden made his mark on the world of twitter today. the vp sent out his first tweet just past 11:30 this morning. it read, vp and doctor b, hope you take time to think about our troops and military families this independence day. happy july 4th from ovp, joining forces. dr. b refers to his wife jill. biden's user name is @vp, all part of an increasing focus on social media. on wednesday, president obama is expected to hold the white hou
ago in afghanistan petry, who was already shot in both legs, picked up a live grenade and toss it had away from two of his comrades. he lost his right hand but not his spirit. petry spoke with next's brian williams about how other wounded warriors encouraged him to remain positive. >> a lot of these men and women, their limbs or their bodies are stolen from them almost. they are driving down a road, and they don't see the enemy. it's just you wake up and you're laying there and you're disfigured now. >> yeah. >> and i had the choice to do what i did, and fully mentally knowing about what the dangers were. >> petry could have retired after losing his hand. instead, he re-enlisted and went back to afghanistan. >> still ahead tonight, chilling testimony from three young girls in the case against a politician's husband. >> a local county taking its smoking ban to private property. >> and a juror in the casey anthony trial fears for her life >>> the husband of a local city council member was in court today accused of molesting children at a slumber party. michael guardner is married to a f
at the height of the wars in iraq and afghanistan, walter reid came under fire for failing soldiers and their families. it was systemic neglect so shocking it demanded immediate action by president bush and leaders in congress. it was too late for walter reid. after a final salute from the military it served, walter reid will close. a place of healing taking its place in history. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> and coming up tonight in our next half hour of news 4 at 5:00, we'll have an exclusive look at the facility that will replace walter reed, and the cutting edge technology thatp be used to help soldiers rebound from war. >>> a robber who targeted a family dollar store. the holdup happened in glen burnie, maryland july 14th. the suspect covered his right hand with a pair of gym shorts and forced an employee to give him money from the cash register. if you recognize the man in the picture, call anne arundel county police. >>> carolyn anne galagos was arrested last night after she refused to stop her vehicle. officers turned on their sirens and lights, but she refused to p
. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed the terrorist organization. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with a afghan president hamid karzai. >>> chris matthews show follows us, followed by "meet the press". >> coming up at 10:00, the politics of the disastrous unemployment situation are terrible for this president. but in the debt talks, is the republican right wing handing barack obama. and the hard line that could deprive drive the country to default. or is it possible that the president will take the political blame if the country does default even though he tried hard to compromise. michele bachmann going from 0 to 60. has the go
about the u.s. fight -- rather in afghanistan. leon panetta said defeat is, quote, within reach. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. it's his first trip to that country since becoming defense secretary last week. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed al qaeda. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with ma mid karzai. >> the newlywed royal couple will go from the glitz to the gritty as they wrap up their north american trip. they are in los angeles. they got to attend a high-priced polo charity match. gina kim shows us their day full of fun, food, and glamour. >> reporter: a royal visit to tinsel town wouldn't be complete without a walk down the red carpet. saturday night so
, a suicide bomber has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor is the third major political figure in afghanistan killed this month. >>> more breaking news from abroad. take a look at this video from south korea right now. crews are out trying to save people trapped by torrential rain and landslides. these dangerous conditions killed at least 22 people. among the dead, ten college students out doing volunteer work. more than 800 homes are also flooded in seoul and the surrounding areas. about 15 inches of rain fell in just 17 hours. >>> one of mt. rainier's top police officers is waking up in police custody this morning. police say officer gene gillette tried to sexually abuse a young man and then shot him as he tried to run away. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in mt. rainier with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. gene gillette has been with the mt. rainier police department for three years. first year he was voted rookie of the
it submitted for protecting government employees in iraq and afghanistan. a judge has already dismissed several claims in the lawsuit, including one that accuses blackwater of billing the government for prostitutes. >>> loved ones have said their good-byes to amy winehouse today at a funeral. family and close friends attended the private ceremony in london. the singer's father gave the eulogy and ended it with the words "good night, my angel. sleep tight. mummy and daddy love you ever so much." the autopsy investigators hoped would determine how she died came back inconclusive. now authorities are waiting on results from a toxicology test, which could take up to a month to complete. winehouse struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. a member of her security team found the 27-year-old dead on saturday. >>> this morning, officials at baltimore gas and electric are looking into what went wrong after some of its customers were left in the heat during the hottest day in 75 years. "the balitmore sun" reports the company cycled off air-conditioners for hours on friday as part of an energy savings progra
.s. into another recession. >>> the first troops to leave afghanistan as part of the u.s. drawdown have handed over their security responsibilities to afghan forces. the 650 members of the iowa national guard's first squadron, 113th cavalry regiment are on their way home now. they completed 3,800 combat missions and trained 400 afghan police officers. president obama announced last month that he would pull 10,000 u.s. troops out of afghanistan in 2011, and the remaining 23,000 by next summer. >>> today, members of congress will join family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. they will help stitch together an american flag that became tattered and worn following the september 11th attacks. the flag once hung at the construction site overlooking ground zero. it has since traveled the country getting one stitch after another in all 50 states. once finished, the flag will language in the national 9/11 memorial museum that is now under construction at ground zero. >>> some members of congress are now calling for an investigation here in the united states. this move comes after journalists f
, and families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. police are investigating a list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. the paper was open for more than 150 years. >>> 11:40 right now. let's get another check on the forecast with meteorologist tom kierein. tom, that liftoff looked beautiful, huh? >> yeah, really, really stunning. and fortunately, they did just dodge the showers and storms that were on the other side of florida, on the gulf side, so they were able to get the launch off on time. here, we have had heavy showers and heavy downpours passing south and east of washington, west and north of us. and on the radar, way off in western virginia, there's an area of heavy rain along with thunder and lightning now that's just about to come into the panhandle of west virginia and western maryland. that is advancing off to the east. and we have locally, though, just some low clouds that are hanging in. and those clouds are looking rather ominous now. they may begin to start producing some rain here over the next couple of hours. right now we
, awful trouble in afghanistan today. 19 people are dead including a bbc reporter. an insurgent bomb -- set off some car bombs there. this happened in central afghanistan in the urzugan province near police headquarters. three suicide bombers blew up cars packed with explosives in three simultaneous attacks. they have expressed regret over the killing of the bbc reporter, though, saying he was not their target. >>> right now investors around the world are anxious over this looming debt deadline. wall street has primarily been up this morning, despite four straight days of some steep losses and it may be waiting to react to a vote that comes later today on capitol hill. investors overseas, however, they have already lost confidence. many of asia's major indices closed down today, some as much as 1.5% lower, which is a big deal over there. >>> house republicans are hoping they can prove the world wrong when speaker john boehner's debt limit plan goes to a vote later today. but the short-term plan, which would cut about $900 billion from the deficit, it has already hit several snags. an
, meier charged into a remote taliban-controlled village in afghanistan, looking for four members of his team. he found them shot to death. even though he was already wounded by shrapnel, meier helped carry his comrades from the kill zone. meier is from kentucky, and was later based in hawaii before he left active duty last year. meier will join two army sergeants as the only living medal of honor recipients from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >>> coming up on news4, a bill challenge for metro not middle of a heatwave. ♪ >>> a musical group protesters took center stage in a walmart store. >>> staging a war between the states was not an easy task in triple digit heat. >>> the family of la-shea mclean makes a plea for the killer to come forward. this as police pass out this reward poster in this troubling case of murder. i'm pat collins. the story, coming up. news4. >>> coming up in sports, another twist in the always-changing nfl labor talks. plus, the nats' bryce harper trying to slug hes way out of a slump make the people who walked these streets before us were just like you and me
french soldiers and one afghan civilian is dead after a bomb exploded in eastern afghanistan. three other soldiers and three afghanis were also wounded in that blast. the troops had been guarding a meeting of local leaders when a terrorist detonated the bomb. the attack comes a day after french president, nicolas sarkozy, announces that he's pulling out a quarter of france's 4,000 troops involved in nato-led operations in afghanistan by the end of next year. >>> a new warning by president obama will likely overshadow the fourth straight day of debt negotiations today. the president said last night that he couldn't guarantee that social security checks and payments to veterans and the disabled would be with mailed on time if a deal isn't done by august 2nd. but republicans say a deal won't happen if democrats don't give up on tax hikes. >> our president thinks that he's got to condition any prescription to fix these programs on tax increases. again, if that's what he's looking for, we're not going there. >> senate gop leader mitch mcconnell also outlined a proposal that would give the pres
in afghanistan, a deadly bombing at the funeral of hamid karzai's half brother. >> plus not bluffing, the president issues a warning for congressional leaders before walking out of the latest debt meeting. >>> and now, ample warning, metro announcing a year's worth of station closings, including a major one during one of the busiest travel times of the year. good morng. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. eun yang is off today. welcome to "news 4 today" as we take a live look outside right now. it's 5:00 a.m. and we are down at 68 degrees. so much cooler than it's been the last couple of morning. and it's going to stay this way for awhile. >> i just thought i could hear a chorus of aaah off in the distance. >> and applause for you. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. well, we've had a wonderful change occur overnight. you can see it in the sky there. look at the visibility. excellent visibility this morning. the summer haze is gone. and temperature down to a comfy 71 at reagan national. mid 70s right by the bay, just a mile away from the waters. down into the 60s on t
on an ied while on patrol in afghanistan. >> without, like, the advances in technology, i feel that, you know, i wouldn't have come as far as i have. >> reporter: just down the hall, the apartment lab. >> that's where you learn to open a door again. unlock a lock. >> reporter: and patients from walter reed helped design this area, where they can test their prosthetics in private. any problems, they head to the lab across the hall. >> in minutes, they can get things like that taken care of. >> reporter: all they need now are the patients. >> it is rewarding to final see the finish line in sight. >> reporter: in bethesda, melissa melai, news4. >>> and coming up -- >> you can feel so much better throughout the day. you can do so much more. >> the workout that helps this actor shine on stage while flaunting his washboard absen. and how a father turns his son and how a [ man ] i gothis son this new citi thankyou card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪ there it is. [ man ] so i used
the need that only grows as more wounded return home from iraq and afghanistan. >> been doing it for 70 years, going to do it for a long time in the future, not only in the support abroad, support in the airports, but nor support bedside. >> reporter: julie carey, news4. >> nice. and that's it for news4 this week. i'm wendy rieger. that you for joining
.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the beginning of august and assume the cia director's job on september 6th. >>> ahead a heartbreaker for the u.s. women. this morning why one young fan has become an internet sensation. >>> duke and duchess of cambridge invited by the queen to scotland. apparently, this is the first time kate has been invited to the balmoral estate. the queen spends time there every september. >>> it's going to be a steamy week starting out this monday morning. let's get the latest on the weather today with veronica johnson in the storm center. >> today is going to be one of those days, in fact one of those weeks, coming right through the weekend where you're going to want to stay hydrated. temperatures this morning running in the 70s already. it's 76 degrees at reagan national airport. they've got a light wind out of the south and southwest at 8 miles per hour. let's take a look at the temp
else in common, too. they are all military widows who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was just 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was "i love you more than life itself." >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world, i just felt like they didn't want to embrace, you know, who i was, which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, you know, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talking alone wasn't enough. soon taryn started organizing events like parasailing, surfing, even swimming with dolphins, to bring this courageous group of women together in what she called the american widow project. >> i found myself laughing and smiling for the first time. and i look around, and here's a group of extraordinary women who know the level of pai
in washington as well as at quantico and in iraq and afghanistan. that's our broadcast for now tonight. >> have a great weekend.
and afghanistan. police are investigating a list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. >>> this morning, a tragic reminder of just how important it is to be careful when trying to catch a baseball at a baseball game. a fan in texas has died after falling out of the stands while trying to catch a ball. we do have video of the incident, but we want to warn you you may find it very disturbing. the fan tried to catch a ball tossed to him by texas rangers outfielder josh hamilton. the man fell head first about 20 feet and landed behind a 14-foot high wall supporting a video board, landed on concrete. paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he died. the rangers are not giving many details about the injuries that led to his death. >>> a prince george's county man is in custody this morning charged with two murders that took place more than a decade ago. police arrested cedric schuler of ft. washington yesterday. they say he killed 26-year-old renee best of northwest washington in february of 1998 and 29-year-old edward gray of northwest washington a year later.
afghanistan. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor had been mentioned as a man who might replace afghani president hamid karzai's half brother within karzai's inner circle. >>> landslides killed at least 19 people and left one child missing in south korea. heavy rains caused the deadly landslides. rescue workers tried to save those trapped. about 800 homes are flooded. >>> the debt showdown has hit another snag. house speaker john boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling is scheduled for a vote tomorrow. his plan would cut spending by less than $1 trillion over the next year rather than the $1.2 trillion he had said. meanwhile, the white house has threatened to veto the speaker's bill if it were to pass both houses. another vote on a competing plan proposed by democratic senator harry reid has yet to be scheduled. >>> once the vote has taken place, congressman david wu has said he will leave office. he is bowing to political pressure following a report in the oregonian newspaper
and soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. it comes as the paper's owner, news international, faces similar accusations. authorities say its tabloid, "news of the world" tapped in voicemails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. authorities say the tabloid deleted voicemail messages on her cell phone, which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch calls the new allegations unacceptable. >>> preparations are under way for the royal couple's visit to california. they will land in los angeles tomorrow. they're only in l.a. for three days, though. the duke and duchess will attend a business event at the beverly hills hilton hotel. a charity polo match. and a job fair. the couple is taking extra measures to make sure that they have some privacy. they have legally secured paparazzi free zones. that means that if the photographers get too close, they will be arrested. >>> meanwhile, the duke and duchess are wrapping up their visit to canada. at the last minute they decided to visit the heavily fire-damaged town of slave la
's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian coun
that he got shot in afghanistan and received his purple heart. so if his life would have been taken, i couldn't have married him in march so i'm excited. >> reporter: about a dozen military brides to be lined up outside the yes to the dress bridal boutique hoping to score the dress of their dreams. dresses they got, absolutely free. >> i feel so pretty. i think this is like a $1,500 dress. i could never afford that on my own. >> reporter: the owner madison west teamed up with brides across america to give away designer gowns to women who are actively serving in the military or marrying someone who is. her father served, and she wanted to give back. >> it's the right thing to do to take care of our military who take care of us every single day. >> this is the dress. >> reporter: patrice campbell will marry her fee san say memorial day weekend next year. she walked away with a $3,800 gown, the first she tried on. >> it's crazy. it feels g. it's heavy. a lot heavier than i thought. but i guess that's what a wedding dress is like. >> the fact that this wonderful lady is doing this for them
yesterday. he visited troops in afghanistan. soldiers overseas could see their checks stopped if no deal is reached. the possibility admiral discussed with them during that visit. >> there are plenty of you living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop it could have a devastating impact and devastating impact pretty quickly. he said there will be some belt tightening going on. departments of education, labor, justice, and energy would be some of the first groups to not be paid. >>> two small planes collide in alaska filling four people. they're not sure how the planes ran into each other. but they were it happened in uncontrolled airspace. one of the planes able to land safely in anchorage. authorities are studying the plane that landed safely to determine the cause of the collision. >>> two separate lawsuits kop contradict who may have been at fault. john davis trucking company filed a lawsuit claiming amtrak and union pacific did not maintain a safe railroad crossing. amtrak has also filed a lawsuit claiming the trucking company did not properly train its driver. >>> and ju
in afghanistan. he was looking for four of his team members. he found them, shot to death. even though he was already wounded by shrapnel, meyer helped carry his comrades from the kill zone. the date of the award ceremony hasn't been announced. he will be the first marine to receive the medal of honor in more than 41 years. >>> the united states post office has a list of 3,600 post offices that may be closing. we'll find out tuesday who is on it. the move comes as mail volume is down nationwide. the postal service lost $8 billion in revenue last year, due to the recession. e-mail and online bill-paying. also on tuesday, the post master general will announce a new concept to replace offices in neighborhoods that are shut down. >>> china has a reputation for being the source of a lot of cheap knockoffs. >> but how about a fake apple store? a blogger living with her husband in a city in southwest china snapped shots of not one, but three fake shops, same wooden tables, similarly dressed workers, but with some discrepancies. real apple stores don't say apple store on them. and if they did, th
, that relatives of british soldiers killed in action in afghanistan or iraq were themselves alleged victims of cell phone hacking, their messages and voice mails also eaves dropped upon by whoever at the "news of the world" was responsible for it. and that's what thein queerers are supposed to determine. in event, the son of rupert murdoch commented today. >> clearly the actions of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in, that i believe in, and that this company believes in. >> reporter: there are published reports that perhaps as many as five additional people at the paper might be arrested and charged by the end of the week. mike taibbi, nbc news, london. >>> that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 starts right now. >>> first at 5:00, casey anthony's sentence for lying to police, and tonight we know exactly when she will walk out of jail. >> dirty politics are a simple mistake. who is responsible for flipping the switch on a water fountain during a local mayor's big campaign speech. >>> wildlife in the suburbs. a local community is on
. >> yay! >> specialist blake is set to return home from afghanistan in december. >> i don't realize you could do that. >> wait until they have the ipad that's that big, you could stand in front of an ipad and kiss it too. i suppose. >> virtual. >>> we better go to weather. >> yes, we do. >> you were right, 93 didn't sound much better when we talked about it today. but it felt better. >> you don't think of waterspouts with pennsylvania, too often. this is erie county, pennsylvania, and this is bear beach just off bear beach, northwestern area of the state. it forms, a strong line of thunderstorms came through yesterday. and it dissipated before it came on to land. of course, around here what we saw was pockets of heavy rain and flash flooding yesterday. our high temperature today 95 degrees after starting out at 76, boy, that sure was nice. the average high 89 degrees, over the next couple days, temperatures are still going to remain above the average high. today, though, the nicest since july 17th, when the humidity was way down too. all that ugly heat, the monster heat is going to retu
arrived in iraq sunday after a visit to afghanistan. it's his first visit since taking office july 1st. three or four rockets hit the green zone in baghdad early this morning, an apparent signal from insurgents that they were aware of panetta's arrival. 15 soldiers were killed in iraq last month. panetta said iraqi extremists are being armed by iran with sophisticated weapons they're using to find and kill american forces. >> we're very concerned about iran and weapons they're providing to extremists here in iraq. and the reality is that we've seen the results of that in june. we lost a hell of a lot of americans as a result of those attacks. >> reporter: secretary panetta also said he is requesting that iraqi security forces step up security for american troops. if that doesn't happen, he said he has the sole authority to order u.s. military forces to conduct combat operations against the insurgents. >>> the fbi is leading an investigation into the discovery of a stun gun on board a jetblue airplane. cleaning staff found the device, which closely resembles a smartphone in the back sea
david petraeus stepped down from his post as the top u.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the end of august. he will then assume the cia director's job september 6th. >>> doctors treated hosni mubarak are denying rumors this morning that the former egyptian president suffered a stroke or is in a coma. the medical team mubarak had low blood pressure and felt dizzy but that he's now in stable condition. the 83-year-old has been hospitalized since april for heart trouble. he's also under arrest on charges he ordered the killing of protestors during egypt's uprising. >>> this morning a colorado woman is in trouble accused of groping a tsa agent. the tsa says 61-year-old ukari mahame grabbed a tsa agent's breast at the airport. mahame admits to grabbing the agent. she faces a felony sexual abuse charge. >>> sears posted an online ad selling the ipad2 for $69. here's a look at the ad from techcrunch.com. sears s
. stay with us >>> we're following a developing story in afghanistan this morning. a bodyguard has assassinated the half-brother of afghan president hamid karzai. hamid wally karzai was head of the kandahar provincial council. he recently was accused of being on the cia payroll and of being involved in drug trafficking. he denied the charges. this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for his assassination. >>> wikileaks' editor in chief, julian assange, was in court today, appealing extradition to sweden. he's accused of sexually assaulting two women. assange denies the allegations. many of his supporters say it's a conspiracy to keep assange and wikileaks from exposing anymore government secrets. >>> in just a couple of hours, congressional leaders will head back to the white house with the clock quickly ticking toward the debt limit deadline. so far there's been little progress and now the president is turning up the heat. nbc's kristen dahlgren has the latest. >> this is the same shot you had yesterday, except we're wearing ties today. >> reporter: the president point
in afghanistan. the taliban now says it is responsible for a suicide attack that killed the mayor of kandahar. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor had been mentioned as a person who might replace afghani president's hamid karzai's half brother within karzai's inner circle. >>> we are also on top of a developing story out of south korea. at least 32 people are now dead after heavy rains caused massive landslides. many of those killed were college students who were there doing volunteer work. take a look at this video of rescue crews teaming up trying to save people trapped in the rushing water. the heavy rain also destroyed several buildings. >>> with just six days until the nation's first default, the debt showdown has hit yet another snag. a vote on house speaker john boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling is postponed until tomorrow. the delay came after a report from the congressional budget office showed that boehner's plan would cut spending by $1 trillion over ten years rather than the $1.2 trilli
guardsman who has deployed to iraq or afghanistan, but they are not the only ones of carrying the burden of military service. >> we so often hear people say, support the troops. we don't often hear them say, we support the families of the troops. is part of this making that awareness? >> yes. the military families are serving, as well. >> reporter: the cost of that service from the emotional anxiety of having a loved one at war to relocation and job changes, to home upkeep is what first lady, michelle obama, and dr. biden want people it know about. >> we went around the country for about two years and listened and heard about the problems and some of the things that we could do. >> whether you're a business leader -- >> reporter: in april they teamed up -- >> each of us can show our appreciation for everything these families do. >> reporter: to promote a white house initiative called joining forces. >> people don't know that someone in their neighborhood, their school, their church is deployed. here is a single mom or a single dad who is trying to take care of the kids and manage everyth
. during a stint in afghanistan, she was the first female marine to become a lead commander in a battle zone. >>> the june jobs report is out and it was all around terrible news for the economy. unemployment went up and employers added a meager number of jobs. brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: u.s. employment virtually stalled last month. a net growth of just 18,000 jobs. that nudged the unemployment rate to 9.2% and raises some serious recovery concerns. >> our economy as a whole just isn't producing nearly enough jobs for everybody who is looking. >> reporter: president obama blamed economic head winds, natural disasters, sky high gas prices, and government budget cuts that slashed 39,000 jobs. despite an early morning rain in louisville, kentucky, people began lining up before dawn to apply for one of 1800 jobs at a retooled ford plant. >> opportunities like this don't come around this often. so i had to be here early. >> reporter: while the economy added 6,000 manufacturing jobs in june that's a drop in a very big bucket. >> anyway you cut this data, it's lousy. >> reporter: t
and afghanistan. they're investigating possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. >>> it is 6:26. 74 degrees. >>> it is indeed the calm before the storm right now. radar is clear, but it won't be for long before the clouds will begin to roll in. meteorologist tom kierein is going to let us know when the rain might start. >>> it's the final countdown for the shuttle program. "atlantis" is all ready to go. the chance the launch will go on for the millions in attendance and the many more waiting to watch on tv. >> you can see the clouds down there. perhaps that's a hint. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. thank you for joining us for "news 4 today." it is friday, july 8th, 2010. we' we're going to see when the rain is going to start falling. >>> we do have a very unstable, very wet weather pattern over our region. right now the radar not showing any rain here, but we do have rain here with thunder and lightning east of richmond. much is going to be missing the northern neck. however, the far eastern part of the northern neck may get a brief heavy downp
, celebrities, and families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. police are investigating the list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. >>> it seems like kids just got out of school, but that hasn't stopped retailers from thinking about september already. some are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back to school items. some toys r us stores started a pack to school sale on backpacks and lunch boxes on july 1st. not to be left behind, walgreens, walmart, staples, office depot, and target all have either started or are about to start their back to school sales. it's just not right, joe. it's too early. i want to enjoy my summer. >> we have july 4th. labor day can't be far behind. >> then halloween and christmas. >> midterms, finals, halloween, christmas. >> be complaining about cold weather again. >> happy new year. >> let's check in with tom. >> i just got a new lunch pail with transformers on it. >>> there is the washington monument under a hazy summer sky. live picture
in iraq and afghanistan. authorities also say its tabloid called news of the world tapped into voice mails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. they say the tabloid deleted voice mail messages on her cell phone which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch calls the new allegations unacceptable. >>> it is now 6:26, 73 degrees. coming up next at 6:30 the construction project starting today that will shut down part of a busy intersection in prince george's county. >>> the out-of-control crash right into a bakery. how and where this happened overnight. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber? fiber one. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? uh, try the number one! i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. yeah, this is pretty good. are you guys alright? yeah. [ male announcer ] half a days worth of fiber. not that anyone has to know. fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. >>> this morning we'll learn the s
, a roadside bomb blast killed 18 people in afghanistan. police say a mini bus ran over a bomb in the southern helmand province. no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. there are children among the dead. 2011 has been a deadly year so far. the united nations reports the number of afghan civilians killed has risen by 15% compared to last year. >>> a handful of teenagers are accused of breaking into a fire station in southeast washington. according to the washington examiner, thieves ransacked the fire station along the atlantic avenue on tuesday while crews were fighting the flames along savannah street. the burglars trashed the watch officer's desk, then stole items, including a uniform, a camera, a wallet, and a firefighter's bmw. the teens, age 14 through 18, reportedly took the car out for a joyride and ditched it. they have identified the teens but so far haven't made any arrests. >>> today will be leslie johnson's last day on the prince george's county council. johnson's resignation takes effect on sunday. the council will hold a special election within 90 days. there a
their own financial security. in afghanistan, concerned troops asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff about what missing the deadline would mean to them. >> if paychecks would stop it would have a devastating impact and have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: visitors waiting to tour the capitol also weighed in. >> social security, we don't know what will happen with that. >> it's ridiculous that our lawmakers can't come to some kind of consensus on what is best for the country. >> now, lester, as the schedule stands today, harry reid hopes to have a vote at 1:00 p.m. on a potential compromise deal. here's what congressional sources can tell us about this deal. it would look like the following. the debt limit would be extended by $1 trillion immediately. it would then be increased by $2.8 trillion for 2012 and then a special bipartisan commission would be in charge of finding additional $1.8 trillion in cuts to get up to 2.8 and if that commission fails by christmas widespread cuts for medicare and defense and both painful cuts and defense for republicans and m
of families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. this comes as the paper's owner, news international, faces similar accusations. authorities say the tabloid "news of the world" tapped into voicemails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. authorities say the tabloid deleted voicemail messages on her cell phone, which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch called the new allegations unacceptable. >>> preparations are under way for the royal couple's visit to california. they will land at the los angeles airport tomorrow. they're only in los angeles for three days. the duke and duchess will attend a business event for british trade at the beverly hills hilton hotel. a charity polo match. and a job fair. the couple is taking extra measures to make sure that they have some privacy. they have legally secured paparazzi-free zones. that means that if the photographers get too close, they could get arrested. >>> meanwhile, the duke and duchess are wrapping up their visit to canada. at the last minute they decided to
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big
in afghanistan. so far more than 400,000 people have seen this video. go for it. >> yeah, you never know unless you ask. >> exactly. >>> well, we're asking about the weather today. tom is here to tell us the answer about how hot it's going to get. the answer is really hot. >> indeed. >>> look at the sky now. a beautiful blueberry, peaches and cream and gnats sunrise. you can see the gnats lying around the camera there. we've got the steam heat there. very humid around the region. upper 70s in washington. right by the bay, southern maryland, eastern shore, already around 80 degrees. farther west and north, we're in the 70s. low to mid-70s throughout most of virginia, maryland, and the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia. in the west, it's dipped into the upper 60s. there's the beautiful sunrise beginning to take shape. by 9:00, mid-80s. by noon time the low 90s. by midafternoon we ought to peak at the record high of near 99 degrees to 100. and the air quality also diminishing this afternoon, code orange. and late afternoon into the evening hours, there's a small chance of some scattere
in afghanistan. a bodyguard has assassinated the half brother of afghan president hamid karzai. ahmed wali karzai was head of the kandahar provincial council. he recently was accused of being on the cia payroll and being involved in drug trafficking. he denied the charges. >>> our time is 6:07. it is 78 degrees. coming up, new drink size now sold at starbucks. this is a huge drink. the kincaids live here. across the street, the padillas. ben and his family live here, too. ben's a re/max agent, and he's a big part of this community. there are lots of reasons why re/max agents average more sales than other agents. experience, certainly. but maybe it's also because they care about the markets they serve and the neighbors who rely on them. nobody sells more real estate than re/max. visit remax.com today. >>> there's the sunrise over washington. a live look at that gorgeous skyline of the at 6:10 it is now 78 degrees, but the mercury is going a lot higher this morning. it's going to get really, really hot. in fact, record breaking. >> hard to believe that something that beautiful could be so ugly. whe
the insination, allegation that relatives of british soldiers killed in action in afghanistan and iraq were themselves alleged victims of cell phone hacking. their messages and voice mails also eaves dropped upon by whoever at the "news of the world" is responsible for it. and that's what the ininquiry is supposed to determine. the son of rupert murdoch did comment. >> clearly the practices of certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in and i believe in and this company believes in. >> reporter: there are published reports that several people, perhaps as many as five additional employees of the paper may be arrested and charged by the end of the week. mike taibbi, nbc news, in london. >> more than 4,000 telephone hacking victims have been identified by scotland yard. >>> families of the victims of the london transit bombings also are thought to have had their cell phones hacked by investigators for that paper, "the news of the world." those families were absorbing that news today as they marked the sixth anniversary of that terror attack
patients from iraq and afghanistan, and they get to our hospital and get here safely. the same thing is going to be done here. it's just a little bit different volume that we're looking at. >> reporter: there is also a new administration building, designed to match the old facade, which is on the national historic register, a healing garden, two new parking garages, and a number of beds they have now, 200, will grow to 345. >> this facility is a lot bigger than the one over at walter reed. it can facilitate a lot more people now, and it's awesome sgh 150 patients currently treated at walter reed, 2,500 staff and truckload after truckload of equipment also heading over. >> we have been actively engaged for about a year now, just focusing on move day. >> reporter: 60% of walter reed's patients will be moved here, because of the merger, instead of seeing 600,000 patients a year, staff here will soon see more than 1 million. bethesda naval, known for treatment of penetrating brain injuries, walter reed for amputee care. they aren't just merging two historic hospitals, but their military
doesn't? soldiers in afghanistan and iraq could see their checks stop if no teal is richard. chair ral of the joint chiefs of stpaf and stuffed the ability of their pay being frozen. >> many of you are living paycheck to paycheck. it could have a devastating impact and devastating impact pretty quickly. >> admiral mullen told the troops there will be belt tight especiallying. the department office education, labor, justice and energy would likely be some of the first groups to not be paid. >> an attorney said the pair could be released after a hearing going on right now. exactly two years ago today. iran accused them of espionage. all three said they were hiking and got lost. showered was released $5 million. they pardon prisoners traditionally for the holy month of ramadan. >> police say the man installed the device on suntrust at southern maryland boulevard july 23rd and was there for a day before someone noticed it. the skimmer reports bank card numbers for everyone who uses that machine. 50 customers had between $3,000 and $5,000 taken from their account. >>> one more day until tra
good care of them. >> during a stint in afghanistan, she was the first female marine to become a lead commander in a battle zone. >>> the state department looking in to reports that syria might be trying to intimidate protesters here in the u.s. the obama administration got reporting that syrian diplomats photographed and videotaped protests here and may have retaliated against demonstrators relatives in ear i can't. the ambassador to the u.s. was called into meet with state department officials earlier this week. >>>s as of this morning, there is a new country on the map. residents of south sudan spent all night celebrating their independence. south sudan voted for independence under the terms of a 2005 peace treaty that ended two decades of civil war in the country. sudan's capital was the first to recognize the new country which is the 193 ready recognized by the united nations. >>> it is 9:38. still ahead, the end of an era in space travel. a look at what's next for nasa now that the shuttle program is coming to an end. >>> and he is one of the most accomplished american tennis pl
to pay tribute to the country's combat role in afghanistan. >> i'm really excited. yeah. >> reporter: canada rolled out the red carpet for these royals. spectators, young and old, showed up for a glimpse of the glamorous pair. some waiting more than six hours. and kate's fashion influence filled the crowd. how important is she as a fashion icon? >> pretty important. >> pretty important. >> reporter: from fascinators to a tennis dress, and of course there were plenty of flowers for a potential future queen. >> she bent down and chatted with you, didn't she? >> she asked us what's our name. and she said the flowers were very pretty. >> reporter: would you like to look like her when you're grown up? >> yes. >> reporter: william and kate's trip reminded more than a few here of another royal couple, prince chalks and diana visited the country in 1983 just a couple of years after they married. >> i was here covering charles and diana's trip to ottawa and william was just a baby at that time. so for me, it's quite poignant to come here, seeing him now married and representing his country. >
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